The City of Monticello has been awarded a $712,000 grant to construct a sewer expansion project to American Woodmark, according to an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA).

    The project is expected to help retain 505 jobs and generate $9.5 
million in private investment, according to the EDA. Local officials 
have been waiting to hear about the grant application for several 
months.
    Wayne County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson said that work on the 
grant with officials from the Lake Cumberland Area Development 
District began in February 2017. The city and the county both worked 
with American Woodmark officials throughout this time.
    "We also stayed in contact with Congressman Harold Rogers to help 
push the process through," said Anderson. "This will be around a 
three mile extension from the Senture building and will also include 
the west Senture location. This is a much needed project as we want 
to retain this great company in our community. They expect to 
increase their capital investments in the next few years."
    Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton noted that she is excited to see this 
project move forward.
    "I am happy this finally came through," she stated. "I supported 
this as a member of City Council and I am excited to finally see it 
approved."
    "Helping our communities implement their plans to provide the vital 
infrastructure that businesses need to be successful is a top 
priority for President Trump," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of 
Commerce for Economic Development Dr. John Fleming. "This investment 
will help build sewer infrastructure needed to serve the existing 
manufacturing industry and will enhance Monticello's ability to 
accommodate future growth."
    This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led 
by the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. EDA funds the Lake 
Cumberland Area Development District to bring together the public and 
private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to 
strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

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